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TWU receives $200,000 from the Greater Texas Foundation 

7/14/08


DENTON —More scholarships will be available to Texas Woman’s University students — in particular those planning to teach math or science, community college transfer students and first-generation students — thanks to three grants totaling $200,000 from the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF.)

“The foundation board of directors was pleased with the proposals from Texas Woman’s University and the university’s commitment to serve our state’s underrepresented populations and to bolster math and science education,” said Dr. Wynn Rosser, GTF executive director.  “TWU is well suited for both.”

The GTF’s Math and Science Scholarship Program has awarded TWU $150,000 for students seeking teacher certification in math or science.  Fifty thousand dollars of these grant funds will be used for student scholarships, while $100,000 will establish an endowment for future student scholarships.

“We are extremely grateful for these scholarship and endowment funds,” said Dr. Don Edwards, chair of the TWU math and computer science department.  “These funds will allow TWU to significantly enhance the initiatives we have under way to meet the state’s critical need for more math and science teachers well into the future.”

The GTF’s Rising to the Challenge Scholarship Program has given TWU $25,000 for scholarships for students who transfer from a community college and participate in leadership activities at TWU.

“This is a great opportunity to offer more scholarship monies to transfer students so that they can achieve their academic goals,” said Dr. Richard Nicholas, TWU vice president for student life.  “Many of TWU’s campus leaders are transfer students, including our new student regent.  This new scholarship program rewards campus leadership among transfer students and will become a wonderful partner to our existing freshman leadership scholarship program.”

The GTF’s Generation Proud Program awarded $25,000 to TWU for scholarships for first-generation students who are Go Center participants attending TWU or TWU G-Force mentors.

A Go Center is a physical space in a high school that offers students admission and financial aid application assistance and other information to encourage greater participation in higher education by potential first-generation college students.  TWU Go Centers are staffed by the TWU G-Force  — TWU first-generation students who serve as peer-to-peer mentors.

“The TWU G-Force program has been a great success in assisting more potential first-generation students with the college application and financial aid process,” Dr. Nicholas said.  “I am pleased that the GTF has recognized the achievements of our Go Centers and G-Force program and is rewarding the students with these scholarship funds.”

The Greater Texas Foundation serves the citizens and educational institutions of Texas by supporting initiatives that increase access to higher education, support teachers, and encourage parental and community involvement in education.  For more information, visit www.greatertexasfoundation.org.

For more information about TWU scholarships, call 940-898-3064 or visit www.twu.edu/finaid/scholarships.asp.


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